The minister, Annika Strandhäll, probably thought that the biggest problem of her day was that her desk was slightly too high.
Little did she know that things were rapidly about to change.
When trying to find the button to lower her work desk, Strandhäll accidentally pressed the button that sent an emergency call to the police – who promptly arrived on the scene.
"Today's clumsiness," she tweeted soon after. "I wanted to lower my desk and I pressed the police alarm. They were soon on the scene."
She added a hashtag that translates to "new minister on the job".
— Annika Strandhäll (@strandhall) November 6, 2014
The minister confirmed for The Local that after the police left, she finally found a suitable height for her desk – but it came at a cost.
"I gave my new colleagues a good laugh," she told The Local.
Strandhäll is one of three ministers who came from outside politics. The 39-year-old Gothenburger studied at the Gothenburg University, and more recently was the head of trade union Vision, formerly known as The Swedish Union of Local Government Officers (SKTF).